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Front. Philos. China    2018, Vol. 13 Issue (4) : 535-553    https://doi.org/10.3868/s030-007-018-0042-7
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Hegel after Nancy: Sensibility, Singularity, and the Problem of the x
Emilia Angelova()
Department of Philosophy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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This article takes up two models of punishment in Hegel, one that is underdeveloped in the Phenomenology of Spirit and one more fully developed in the Elements of the Philosophy of Right. Both models focus on the notions of law and the legality of personhood. I argue that beyond this, they share a common concept of singularity as an excess over and above the ethical-political order. This concept opens up to what Jean-Luc Nancy calls the “event” of freedom in Hegel. This point about excess lets me deploy Lacan and then Nancy to underscore how, for Hegel, problems concerning the question “what is law?” might be a clue as to how the bad infinite is opposed to the good or “actual” infinite. I take this up in the context of Hegel’s theory of “value,” including the value of the “good.” Altogether this analysis reveals that Hegel’s method allows for a more complex humanism than is typically understood, since his points about law and punishment lead to a more radicalized notion of intentionality and forgiveness than usually derived from the logic of recognition.

Keywords Sensibility      subjectivity      Phenomenology      Hegel      Nancy     
Issue Date: 03 January 2019
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Emilia Angelova. Hegel after Nancy: Sensibility, Singularity, and the Problem of the x[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2018, 13(4): 535-553.
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http://academic.hep.com.cn/fpc/EN/Y2018/V13/I4/535
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